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Jesse Marsch told Raphinha sale won’t harm Leeds Utd with perfect replacement identified

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Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has been told that the summer sale of star man Raphinha will not damage the club as much as some suggest with the perfect replacement already on the club’s books.

The Brazilian superstar has found himself a regular in the transfer gossip columns. Having scored 10 goals for Leeds this season, he has, at times, almost single-handedly kept their survival hopes ticking over. Indeed, starring on the international stage for Brazil has only raised his profile further.

Indeed, it’s little wonder to see Raphinha linked with a number of big-name clubs. Bayern Munich came sniffing just before the January window, while Premier League interest from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea has bubbled along.

However, the biggest interest has perhaps come in the last six weeks from Barcelona. Their manager, Xavi, is seemingly a huge admirer of the star and has made his signing one of his major priorities this summer. Indeed, reports have gone as far to say that Raphinha has already agreed terms on a move to the Nou Camp.

Few Leeds fans would deny a player of Raphinha’s standing deserves to play in the Champions League. In fact, he is one such star who would surely grace the game at that level.

And begrudging him a move to Barcelona would not be on the agenda either – but only if the price were right. To that end, talk that Barcelona are hoping to snare him for just £30m have, quite rightly, been met with scorn.

Furthermore, TEAMtalk understands that Leeds value the winger at double that – with £60m their minimum valuation.

Whether Raphinha departs or not is an issue likely to dominate the headlines this summer.

Perfect Raphinha replacement already at Leeds

And, should he end up leaving Elland Road, focus will then turn to how Leeds replace their talismanic star.

However, despite the likes of Ryan Kent and Noa Lang being touted as big-money replacements, Leeds have been told the perfect replacement is right under their noses.

Indeed, according to former Leeds striker and current foundation coach Noel Whelan, Crysencio Summerville, is ready to fill Raphinha’s boots.

The Dutch star has been on Leeds’ books since a 2020 move from Feyenoord.

Still only 20, Summerville has made eight appearances in all competitions this season.

And while he is yet to claim a senior goal or assist, the Netherlands Under-21 winger has caught the eye for Leeds U23s.

And, having recently netted a stunning hat-trick at that level, Whelan claims Summerville is “very much like” Raphinha.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan says it’s a shame Leeds haven’t seen more of Summerville in action.

“It’s just a shame we’ve got so many top-class wingers at the minute,” Whelan said.

“You look at Raphinha, you look at [Jack] Harrison who are getting the goals. Dan James can come in there as well. Summerville’s doing everything that is required of him as a player to give the manager food for thought.

Summerville doing all he can

“He can’t be doing any more than what he’s doing. Great attitude, performance levels, scoring goals, getting assists. He is definitely one player that excites everybody and gets you on the edge of your seat.

“He’s very much like Raphinha and Harrison when he’s at his best. We are blessed with you some really fantastic wingers. He’s learning his trade with some other fantastic wingers there as well.

“I’m sure he’s getting many tips watching the likes of Dan James in training, Raphinha, Harrison. He’s putting all his skills into one basket as well. Look, he’s going to be a fantastic one for the future.

“He’s putting pressure on the wingers already. That is all you can ask of him. That is probably why Jesse Marsch is so impressed by his performances and character.”

Summerville’s talents have not gone unnoticed either; he was linked with a move to Hamburg in January, while Rangers are reportedly sniffing ahead of the summer window.

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Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea ready to cut losses with Timo Werner?

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Chelsea could look to move out-of-form Timo Werner on in the summer as the club look to make space for signings.

Upon completing his transfer from RB Leipzig in 2020, Timo Werner was touted as one of European football’s hottest properties.

Chelsea fought off interest from a host of clubs including Liverpool, with Jürgen Klopp cursing his luck at missing out on the German attacker amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After sealing the signing Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described the acquisition as one that had “a rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven”.

And she had good reason to believe so. In the season prior to arriving at Stamford Bridge, Werner scored 28 goals and supplied eight assists in just 34 appearances at a rate of 1.16 goal involvements per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga.

In the two seasons following his switch, the 26-year-old has notched a total of ten goals and nine assists in 56 matches at a ratio of 0.44 goal involvements per game.

Taking this into account, Timo Werner is the most likely within a group of possible departees to make way and allow for new signings, football.london understands.

Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi are among the names listed who may exit to create space for new additions to Thomas Tuchel’s forward line.

Tuchel hasn’t settled on his favoured attacking trifecta this season – more out of necessity rather than choice – with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz the only two that have provided somewhat of a consistent output.

Where could Chelsea’s Timo Werner end up?

While the aforesaid report fails to suggest a potential landing spot for Timo Werner, the rumours are leaning toward a return to his homeland.

Therefore, the options are likely narrowed down to three options: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and potentially a reunion with former employers RB Leipzig.

Beginning with the former, Werner has got a pre-existing relationship with Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann from their time together at Leipzig.

Nagelsmann has alluded to the reasons why it hasn’t worked out for Werner at Chelsea before, suggesting being a cog in a machine as opposed to a star man may have impeded his impact.

This factor will be no different with the Bavarian giants and in conjunction with higher-ups at the club reportedly being divided on the signing, dampens the possibility of the move.

Dortmund are rumoured to be interested according to Goal, but the signing of RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi as a replacement for Erling Haaland may spell the end of this.

The report goes on to suggest that Werner’s salary may also be an issue for the Black and Yellows, who are known to run a tight ship financially.

Chelsea’s ownership still being up in the air under a month before the opening of the summer transfer window makes it increasingly difficult to predict their potential operations, in effect leaving the likes of Werner in limbo regarding his whereabouts next season.

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Manchester United Midfielder at the Top of Jose Mourinho’s Summer Wish List

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One of eight players who are said to be on their way out of Manchester United is Nemanja Matic. The player has decided to leave at the end of his deal, with AS Roma manager and former United boss, Jose Mourinho, wanting to bring him to Rome.

Nemanja Matic recently decided that he no longer wants to continue at Old Trafford. This is purely down to becoming a bit-part player at the age of 33; he only managed to make 23 Premier League appearances this season, 16 of them being starts.

No rumours of where to next followed the news of him running down his deal; that is until now, however, with Jose Mourinho keen to build on a somewhat good season by adding some experienced players from his old club.

The Daily Mail reports: that along with Matic three other players, two of Matic’s Manchester United teammates and the other from Aston Villa, are on the Portuguese’s radar. Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot are the pair of United boys while Douglas Luiz is the player from Villa Park.

Signing out-of-favour players and bargain buys are Roma and Jose’s modus operandi. Hence the pursuit of Bailly, Dalot, and Matic. They are his signings at his previous club(s) and he would find a good use for them as they might find a new lease of life under Jose, just as Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham.

Bailly and Dalot are also not in the future plans at the Theatre of Dreams and will be moved on to free up funds and space for potential incomings at the Manchester club in the new Erik Ten Hag era.

Jose Mourinho is ready to offer lifelines to four Premier League cast-offs as he looks to use his knowledge of English football to bolster Roma’s pursuit of the Champions League.

Nemanja Matic, who recently informed United of his desire to leave at the end of the season, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly are three of the four Mourinho is reportedly after for next season.

Both Bailly and Dalot, who has proven himself in Serie A before on loan at AC Milan, are no longer part of United’s plans and are set to be deemed surplus to requirements under new boss Erik ten Hag.

The other name that has come up is that of Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

Luiz is one of Mourinho’s favourite players and at just 23, the Brazilian is still yet to hit his best form. (Via: dailymail.co.uk)

Roma Not Completely Convinced by Manchester United’s Matic

Despite the strong links of a potential reunion between Mourinho and Matic, reports out of Italy believe the club is not on the same wavelength as their manager about the player. They have huge concerns over his overall fitness, wage demand and age, being on the other side of 30.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Matic is the first choice on Mourinho’s list of players to strengthen his Giallorossi midfield next term.

However, the same source suggests Roma are not entirely convinced that Matic is the right pick.

His age and general fitness levels are a concern, especially considering he is asking for at least €5m per season in wages.

Matic is one of those loyal servants that has followed Mourinho almost all over, signing for him at Chelsea and Manchester United, also playing his most under him with 159 appearances.

That’s why it’s not hard to understand why he has seen his most features under the Roma boss and why he wants him at the club, as they reinforce their squad for their second attempt at reaching a Champions League spot.

The Giallorossi coach has his last game of the season this Friday, kicking off the final day of the Serie A 2021/22 season. They have a chance to secure sixth place with an early victory and confirm their place in next season’s Europa League competition.

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